Wednesday, February 14, 2007
A Map Of Me
I did a few, small, erotic watercolours today. I'm going to work on a larger scale with some of the ideas that emerged in them, this evening. I've become intrigued by navigation and I've been reflecting on the value of surveying and documenting in order to discover how one arrives at a certain place, in a certain way, at a certain time. I have barely any documentation of my life to date, apart from my artwork, so I've begun retracing early memories in crude sketches. They form different sectors of a map linking all the places I've lived and my observations and experiences during the years (or months or weeks) I was there. The erotic pieces are my first attempts to map emotion. I wanted them to be cryptic – artefacts to be unraveled or deciphered, rather than read in a traditional sense by the viewer. I experience neither thoughts nor emotions in a simple narrative, and I wanted this new work to mimic the way I see, hear, and feel: which is to say, as fragments mostly and as colours and space – intense, if not always rational.